1:21pm November 23, 2012

5 Must-Read Black Friday Tips


Today is Black Friday, a day of unabashed wild consumerism increasingly pressed up against the second biggest holiday of the year: Thanksgiving.  Below are five tips to navigate the shopping day.

1. Never Break Down and Pay Full Price. Don’t pay full price for anything on Black Friday.  No matter what part of the deal or what kind of add-ons are involved, Black Friday is not the day to pay full price for anything.

2. Comparison Shop. It may be Black Friday but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t comparison shop. The deals are created to attract customers on a day of deals so always compare prices no matter what day it is.

3. Do Not Open a Store Credit Card.  Yes there are nice deals and percentages off for opening a store credit card.  But in the long run these cards are trouble and to be avoided at all costs.  Dance with the card you walked in the store with.

4. Read the Fine Print. There is a reason some deals sound to good to be true.  If there are too many stipulations or too much fine print keep it moving.  If that “must have” item  has lots of fine print be sure to read all of it.  With regard to matching offers you REALLY need to break out the magnifying glass and read.

5.  Know the Cost of Your Target Item.  If you have an ipone use the Red Laser app to find out what the prices of your target items are.  The entire trick of Black Friday is making consumers believe they have found a great deal. Make sure that’s true by double checking all prices on your favorite smart phone.

About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, speaker, strategist, comms expert and political analyst. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. She's been a former staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and has had a very diverse career in politics and media. Ms. Burke appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne and has been seen on MSNBC. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. E-mail anytime: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @Crewof42. Instagram: LVB325. The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and have complete editorial independence from any Politic365 partners, sponsors, or advertisers.



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